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Red House I started this book thinking that I would give it a chance, but would abandon it quickly if it bored me I read the first 50 pages one night, and decided to keep going Then another 100 effortless pages and I realized this was a keeper And when I read the last page today, I wantedSo much for unwarranted snap judgements.It s the story of a house, which is actually the main character the history of the Hatch family of Marshfield, Massachusetts, who built the house in 1647, and their desce I started this book thinking that I would give it a chance, but would abandon it quickly if it bored me I read the first 50 pages one night, and decided to keep going Then another 100 effortless pages and I realized this was a keeper And when I read the last page today, I wantedSo much for unwarranted snap judgements.It s the story of a house, which is actually the main character the history of the Hatch family of Marshfield, Massachusetts, who built the house in 1647, and their descendants and a memoir of the Messer family who bought the house in 1965 and raised their 8 children there The author was one of those children She has a very understated style of writing which suited this book perfectly She left out a lot of things I wanted to know, but that only whetted my appetite and kept me reading In short, it was a perfect book for the week of Thanksgiving, when I wanted something good, but not a novel in which I had to worry about an emotional investment It s about growing up with someone else s history, I said It s the story of the house There were daguerreotypes of your great grandfather on the fireplace mantels, I said, looking at Josh, not our 314 In 1965, seemingly on a whim, and because he fell in love with the house, Ronald Messer changed his plans to move to California in favor of buying a ramshackle house near Boston For uncertain reasons, Robert Warren Hatch had decided to sell Red House, which had been in his fam It s about growing up with someone else s history, I said It s the story of the house There were daguerreotypes of your great grandfather on the fireplace mantels, I said, looking at Josh, not our 314 In 1965, seemingly on a whim, and because he fell in love with the house, Ronald Messer changed his plans to move to California in favor of buying a ramshackle house near Boston For uncertain reasons, Robert Warren Hatch had decided to sell Red House, which had been in his family for eight generations Red House was built in 1647 by Robert Warren Hatch s great great great great great grandfather Walter Hatch, and was one of the earliest houses built in the area Walter Hatch was born in England in 1623 and immigrated to Scituate in New England in 1634 with his parents and five siblings At the age of 24, in 1647, he bought some land in Two Mile and began building a house Over time, and as the house was passed down to subsequent generations, it was updated Rooms were added Fires burned down sections that were rebuilt Outbuildings appeared and disappeared around its perimeter over the years But the central Red House remained when Dr Messer bought it in 1965 Along with four children from his first marriage, his four younger children, including daughter and author Sarah, would grow up in Red House It was cold, it was ramshackle, it lacked modern conveniences, and most of all it was filled with another family s history In this world, Sarah and her sisters grew up This book is told in alternating sections of the history of the Hatch family and the house, and memoir of Sarah s memories of the house As the book progresses, the sections collapse closer together, with Sarah s chapters increasing including history when she moves back to Red House as an adult and begins efforts to restore it along with one of her older sisters I expected to enjoy the historical sections most of all, but I truly enjoyed thelyrically written memoir sections This may also be due to the relatively sparse historical details shared although the ones shared were captivating Like the transition from Israel Hatch III who would have worn pantaloons and tied his hair at the nape and his son Joel, who would ve learned proper grammar and pronunciation at school Whereas his father said pint of the knife and spile, his son in the next generation said point of the knife and spoil 137 And the revelation that a previous resident had painted the walls inside in a leopard pattern, and the fact that the house was red because it was the cheapest paint at the time I also was intrigued by Sarah s descriptions of supernatural experiences within the Red House.I was frustrated by Messer s difficulty in getting the facts straight from her father over the purchase of the house and his eventual fallout with the last Hatch owner I was also frustrated by her father s refusal to allow the house to be X rayed to determine its historical origins Additionally, I would have loved acomprehensive history of the Hatch family and each generation of owners However, overall this was a fascinating history of historical houses, of the evolution of home over time, on the history of domestic life in America, over the nebulous boundary between your family s history and another s I m glad the Red House still stands and is currently preserved for future occupants, but I m just as glad its history has been documented and shared with readers Some of the reviewers found this book a bit slow, lacking a plot and exciting twists However, I found it interesting Having grown up in Massachusetts most likely helped and overlooking the author s style of writing which could be obvious in several places but seemed to work in others I am familiar with many of the towns, places, and buildings the author mentioned I found the family histories, both current and past, laid out well in an alternating pattern going from history to current tim Some of the reviewers found this book a bit slow, lacking a plot and exciting twists However, I found it interesting Having grown up in Massachusetts most likely helped and overlooking the author s style of writing which could be obvious in several places but seemed to work in others I am familiar with many of the towns, places, and buildings the author mentioned I found the family histories, both current and past, laid out well in an alternating pattern going from history to current times in every other chapter It shows how the past and the present are intertwined in an old house such as this one I also couldn t help but take sides with one family over the other as she explains how the house was sold out of the family after over 300 years I would recommend it for anyone interested in home restoration, early New England settlement, and Massachusetts history This is a really marvelous book written very much in the spirit of the experimental narrative forms with which many social scientists have approached their subjects in recent years Where it departs from that tradition, however, is in the fact that the author grew up in the Red House and is not herself a historian, anthropologist, archaeologist, or preservationist Thus, her connection to the site is first person, loaded, potentially biased and most definitely circumscribed by the details con This is a really marvelous book written very much in the spirit of the experimental narrative forms with which many social scientists have approached their subjects in recent years Where it departs from that tradition, however, is in the fact that the author grew up in the Red House and is not herself a historian, anthropologist, archaeologist, or preservationist Thus, her connection to the site is first person, loaded, potentially biased and most definitely circumscribed by the details controlled by her parents and the assorted limitations that direct access to information conveys Each chapter of the book is structured similarly that is, each begins with a historic vignette, account or some other detail about the house s past and then transports the reader to the present In this respect, it very much calls to mind the Prices First Time with its alteration between historic text and details on the upper half of each page and the material world of objects on the lower half of each page The book deals with a number of themes, including truth, permanency, ownership of the past, whose story version of the past gets told, and significance as relates to small vs big stories, and abandonment Also of note, Messer is keenly aware that writing about the past as relates to this mid 17th century house has implications for social and family relations in the present.Messer is a solid storyteller, and the Red House is a great vehicle for conveying several parallel stories Anyone who enjoys old houses, family histories, and the vicissitudes of interpreting the whole on the basis of the equivalent of partial x rays will thoroughly enjoy Red House Another quirky, interesting book memoir If I was making a mini collection of these, this one would go with Don t Let s Go to the Dogs Tonight and Dogtown I m sure there are others that I m just not thinking of right now This is the kind of book that I love discovering in the library stacks and why I would never want to be without the eclectic selection at the library vs the mainstream most popular selection at chain bookstores. I remember that I was in Seoul, Korea about two years ago, at the base library, when one of my fellow exercise participants I forget who, sorry recommended this book to me I suppose that s typical for me I remembered the book, but not the person sighIn any case, the simple title of the book stuck with me and I added it to my to read list It s a sad fact that even though I diligently put books from my to read list into my on hold list at the library, the to read list seems to just gr I remember that I was in Seoul, Korea about two years ago, at the base library, when one of my fellow exercise participants I forget who, sorry recommended this book to me I suppose that s typical for me I remembered the book, but not the person sighIn any case, the simple title of the book stuck with me and I added it to my to read list It s a sad fact that even though I diligently put books from my to read list into my on hold list at the library, the to read list seems to just grow and grow and grow I ve pretty much accepted the fact that I ll never be able to whittle it down to nothing, but I still try There are just so many interesting books out there I want to read someday So anywayback to the book This is a very interesting account of both the long and detailed history of a house in Massachusetts and of the families who lived in it While it is a work of non fiction, it is a melange of history, anedotes, personal recollections and somewhat of a journal of the process of compiling all of this information together The memories may be flawed, but the feelings are laid bare for all to see As a Massachusetts native myself, I was fascinated by the historical references and the descriptions of the area Also, the references to the children s books written by Richard Warren Hatch intrigue me I would love to read a copy of The Curious Lobster and or The Curious Lobster s Island My sister in law once lived in the second oldest house in her town and I was always interested to see the old architectural details that melded with the new and how the house evolved over time It wasn t always pretty, but the house truly had a character all of its own I can imagine that the Red House is much the same interesting quoteDon t let any restorer lead you to forget that the object is not to recreate a mid 17th century house a museum, he wrote early on A house grows and changes Restorers are too often obsessed with what they conceive to be the original but no family continued living in an original unless they were bankrupt which the Hatch land owners and mill owners certainly were notp 36 new words gundalow, sumptuary, treacle, glisters, sublunary, dory, peregrination, peripatetic What Would It Be Like To Grow Up In A Home Suffused With Three Hundred Years Of Another Family S History When Sarah Messer S Parents Impulsively Purchased Red House From Richard Warren Hatch, The Great Great Great Great Great Grandson Of The Original Owner, Walter Hatch, They Acquired Much Than A Lovingly Preserved Colonial Home The House Contained Hatch Family Journals, Letters, And Daguerreotypes, And Walter Hatch S Last Will And Testament, Which Stated That The House Was To Be Passed Down Forever From Generation To Generation To The World S End Never To Be Sold Or Mortgaged From My Children And Grandchildren ForeverWith A Poet S Eye For Clever Detail And An Ear For The Rhythm Of Place And Language, Red House Is A Real Work Of Living History, A Story Of America From Its Wild Beginnings In Colonial New England Through Nine Generations Of The Hatch Family Based On An Award Winning Article Messer Wrote For Yankee Magazine About Red House, This Is A Book For Those Of Us Who Love Old Houses, Colonial History, And Beautifully Written Family Stories Enjoyed the swap back and forth between the author s history in the house and the stories of the people who used to live there The house is definitely a character The way it was described helped me understand what life was like in the house from the late 17th century through the 1980s Fascinating narrative that creatively mixes historical record with the history made as the author lived it. Messer brings a poet s voice to this nonfiction work about her childhood home, the Red House Tying in themes of birthright, purchasing power, architecture, and above all, family, she manages to create an interesting, if not profoundly moving, piece. Every house no matter how grand or humble has a story to tell I enjoy books written by people who listen to old homes and take the time to tell the stories.


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